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Rainbow Wahine confident as team departs for 'Big Dance'

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Home in Hawaii for less than 72 hours following their Big West Tournament championship, the University of Hawaii women's basketball team left for Los Angeles on Wednesday as they prepare to take on UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

With the selection show for the NCAA women's tournament on Monday, the Wahine had just two days to shift gears and prepare for their next opponent, a task players say is not unique to Hawaii.

"I mean it's the build up throughout the season, too," said senior center Kalei Adolpho. "We had senior night, we left the next Monday, the long week, the tournament. It's something that everyone in the country is going through, something that every team in the tournament has to work through."

Though the 'Bows may have been forced to quickly refocus, head coach Laura Beeman says the team is playing well enough to do so.

"This is when you want your team to peak, this is when you want your team to be the most confident, this is when you want your team to have a fun focus," said Beeman. "I think we're right where we need to be, we're in a great spot."

Still, Beeman recognizes the challenge that awaits the Wahine in Los Angeles.

"We have to show up and play very, very good basketball this entire tournament in order to continue to play, but we're in a good spot and feel comfortable," said Beeman.

Hawaii plays the Bruins at 12:35 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

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